|Bethel (Ind.) 7-2, 0-1 CL||49||37||11||97|
|Taylor (Ind.) 8-0, 1-0 CL||48||38||19||105|
|Nov. 22, 2016|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#32 Nick Kindig - 19||Points||#21 Evan Crowe - 27|
|#30 Ryan Wassink - 9||Rebounds||2 Players (#21,#35) - 7|
|#15 Jordyn Coon - 5||Assists||#11 Tim Fleming - 4|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|49.3% (35 - 71)||Field Goals %||50.7% (35 - 69)|
|36% (9 - 25)||3 Point Field Goals %||42.9% (9 - 21)|
|78.3% (18 - 23)||Free Throws||81.3% (26 - 32)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||7|
UPLAND, Ind. – The trio of Evan Crowe, Jake Heggeland and Mason Degenkolb combined for 70 points to fuel Taylor's 105-97 overtime victory over No. 16 Bethel inside Odle on Tuesday. The win moves TU to 8-0 for the first time since opening with nine-straight wins in 1984.
The win was Taylor's third-straight over a team ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Top-25 Poll, as the Trojans have rattled off successive wins over No. 3 Davenport, RV Ohio Christian and No. 16 Bethel.
The Trojans had to rally for Tuesday's win, as the Pilots sank 10-of-14 shots during a game-changing, 27-14, stretch in the opening half that flipped an early six-point TU lead into a 46-39 BC cushion. Taylor closed to within a point by the intermission but Bethel remained red-hot and opened up a 68-59 margin with 12:18 remaining in the contest.
Degenkolb brought TU back after cracking the scoring column for the first time in the contest with a pair of free throws at the 12:09 mark. The freshman guard went on a 9-0 spurt on his own to draw the Trojans even and eventually netted 13-straight points for TU.
Bethel withstood the Degenkolb flurry to reclaim a six-point lead and held a lead between two and six points on its way to an 86-80 edge with 1:28 showing on the clock.
Degenkolb had the answer once again, scoring the next four points to close TU within two with 46 ticks to play, before Tim Fleming picked up a steal and found Crowe for the game-tying deuce with 22 seconds on the clock.
The two sides headed to overtime after a BC miss at the horn but a quick Bethel triple put the Trojans in a 91-88 deficit in the opening moments of the extra stanza.
A trio of free throws from Keaton Hendricks locked the game at 91-91, before Crowe cashed in back-to-back trifectas for a 97-95 lead and knocked down a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to make it 99-97 with 1:17 to go.
Degenkolb extended the lead to four with a defensive rebound and score, before Crowe sealed the win with a pair of steals and four free throws in the final 26 seconds to ice the 105-97 victory.
Degenkolb scored all 19 of his points in the game's final 17:09 of action, while Crowe netted 16 of his game-high 27 points in the final 6:36 with 12 coming in overtime session.
For the game, Crowe led all scorers with 27 points, to go with seven boards, three steals, two assists and one block, while Degenkolb finished with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.
Heggeland connected on 10-of-13 shots for a career-high 24 points, leading the Trojans with 14 first-half points and Hendricks finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Taylor got solid play from the point guard tandem of Fleming and Ryan Robinson once again, with Fleming dishing out four helpers to go with three steals and Robinson scoring eight points and adding two steals.
TU shot 50.7 percent from the field in the win, with Bethel cooling to a 49.3-percent rate after hitting 60.0 percent of its looks in the first period. The Trojans lost the battle on the boards by six but posted a 48-38 advantage in point paints behind the strong play of Heggeland and the slashing scores of the rookie guards, Degenkolb and Robinson.
The 8-0 start is the third-best in Taylor's program history, trailing only a 9-0 start in 1984 and the program-best 10-0 start during the 1961-1962 campaign. The Trojans (8-0, 1-0 CL) will look to extend the streak when they return to action on Tuesday, November 29 at Spring Arbor (4-4, 0-1 CL) in a 7:00 pm start.